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Amazon.co.uk has revealed its newly curated lineup of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime with children’s books, non-fiction and classics making the book bucket list.
This list was hand-selected by the Amazon UK Books and Kindle editorial team and features beloved classics such as Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen as well as popular contemporary fiction including Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding and Wild Swans by Jung Chang.
“With 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, we set out to build a roadmap of a literary life that takes readers from their childhood favourites through to modern classics, and all the best books in between,” said Ezequiel Szafir of Kindle Content, EU. “Over many months, the team passionately debated and defended the books we wanted on this list, now we can’t wait to hear what customers have to say about our selection.”
While some titles were unanimously chosen – Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh and Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding – there are some notable absences, which the editors wished had made the list (but didn’t). These include Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder.Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (1726) is the oldest book on the list, while the most recently published is The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (2011).
Alison Forrestal, director of books at Amazon.co.uk, said: “This list reveals the books that our editors have read and loved but reading is such a personal experience, we hope it sparks discussion and debate amongst readers about what their 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime are.”
What do you think of the titles that made the cut? Are you surprised by some? Would you add any of your favourites?